Jackson Heights’ Beloved Himalayan Yak Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years in NYC

Jackson Heights staple, Himalayan Yak Restaurant, rejoiced in its 20th anniversary, marking a significant milestone for the Nepali and Tibetan community in New York City. The celebration was a testament to the restaurant’s enduring success, offering a delightful and diverse dining experience featuring Tibetan, Nepali, Bhutanese, and Indian cuisines.

Distinguished guests, including Assembly Member Steven Raga (District 30) and Miosotis Munoz, Deputy Commissioner of External Affairs for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, graced the joyous occasion. The restaurant celebrated with alumni, friends, and family, creating a warm and vibrant atmosphere.

In a momentous gesture of recognition, NYC Mayor proclaimed March 22nd, 2024, as “Himalayan Yak Day.” Furthermore, NYC Immigrant Affairs lauded Himalayan Yak on social media, highlighting its status as a woman-owned business. Assembly Member Raga presented the restaurant with a Proclamation, solidifying its remarkable achievement.

This accomplishment holds immense significance for the Himalayan community. Himalayan Yak boasts the distinction of being the first Nepali restaurant in New York City to introduce live music featuring renowned Nepali artists like Phiroj Shyangden, Kunti Moktan, Trishna Gurung, Sapana Shree, Diwas Gurung, and Bartika Eam Rai.

Founded in 2004, Himalayan Yak has become a culinary cornerstone in Jackson Heights, fondly known as “Mini Nepal.” Located at 72-20 Roosevelt Ave, the two-story restaurant is a beloved destination not only for its delectable offerings, including the traditional¬†staples Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, Momos, and Yak delicacies, but also as a popular venue for hosting various events within the Nepali and Tibeten community.

The restaurant’s achievements extend beyond community recognition. Himalayan Yak was titled the best Tibetan restaurant by the Village Voice in 2008. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have also featured the restaurant’s exceptional cuisine in their publications.

Himalayan Yak’s 20th anniversary celebration signifies more than just a restaurant’s success. It represents the triumph of the Himalayan community’s spirit and culture in New York City.